Little Children: Sinless, Saved, & Sanctified in Christ [Video & Transcript]
Sinless, Saved, Sanctified
What happens to babies who die? Or little children who die without baptism? Weʼve probably all known those who rushed an infant to be sprinkled who was going to pass away fearful for their eternal life.
Questions by sorrowing mothers and fathers whoʼve lost little ones or by siblings or by anyone thinking through salvation of little children merit real answers—scriptural and revealed answers. The truth—pure and whole.
Well, Iʼm bringing some good news—that comes directly from the Lord and revealed truth.
Here, then, in a Q/A format, is what the Lord has revealed anew about little children, infants, those under the age of 8, with respect to their salvation and baptism.
Do Infants Need Baptism?
No, they donʼt. They are sinless.
The doctrine of original sin—the false doctrine that the “sin” of Adam is picked up by and cast on all of us and that, therefore, everyone—infants included—must be baptized to be saved—is false and inconsistent with the nature of a perfect, loving God.We account for what we do, and not for Adamʼs transgression. We come into the world innocent and pure from a Heavenly haven, a home, and then by our choices, when we are able to make choices, we sin and are fallen. Young children and infants, though, cannot sin.
They are not accountable for their actions, and cannot sin. They are innocent when born.
The idea that they have to be sprinkled or baptized or go to hell or limbo is not truth and is not Biblically or scripturally supported.
The Lord says it straightforwardly in modern scripture in these words:
Behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten; Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me.
The Lord said it, and of course, it makes spiritual sense. You have to know and be capable of living the law to be held accountable for it. Those who are not accountable for sins never fall spiritually and need not be redeemed from a spiritual fall which they never experienced.
Anyway, the Lord says it this way:
They “cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they
begin to become accountable before [God].” In fact, children are considered accountable at the age of eight years (Modern Revelation: Doctrine & Covenants 29: 46-47; 68:25–27).
What Is the Age of Accountability for Children?
The Lord revealed that the age of accountability is eight years old, the age of baptism.
Hence the expression that little children are alive in Christ.
Why Have Churches Taught Infant Baptism Is Essential?
Infant baptism didnʼt become a general practice until 4-5 centuries after Christʼs death and resurrection. It was a corruption of the true ordinance of baptism and had been practiced years before Christʼs birth and then was re-vitalized as a construct of men.
Around the same time, the doctrine got corrupted on the American Continent as well, and one prophet spoke fervently about it to each of us in scripture:
This prophet, Mormon, said, speaking by the power of the Holy Ghost, that “it is solemn mockery” to baptize little children; that they “are alive in Christ from the foundation of the world” (Another Testament of Jesus Christ: Moroni: 8:8–25).
Then, reverting back to the words of Christ, the prophet recorded:
Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them.
Will Children Ever Be Tested?
Nope—they donʼt need to be. Isnʼt this beautiful?
The fact is that they could skip the exam–they were exempt from the very test of mortality.
All those people who will be born during the millennium, when Satan is bound, “shall grow up without sin unto salvation” and therefore will not be tested (Doctrine and Covenants 45:58).
“Satan cannot tempt little children in this life, nor in the spirit world, nor after their resurrection. Little children who die before reaching the years of accountability will not be tempted” (Doctrines of Salvation 2:56–57).
When and with What Stage of Growth Will Children Be Resurrected?
Children will come forth in the first Resurrection. The Lordʼs prophet in this era taught the doctrine that the infant child that was laid away in death would come up in the resurrection as a child; and, pointing to the mother of a lifeless child, he said to her:
You will have the joy, the pleasure, and satisfaction of nurturing this child, after its resurrection, until it reaches the full stature of its spirit.ʼ There is restitution, there is growth, there is development, after the resurrection from death. I love this truth. It speaks volumes of happiness, of joy and gratitude to my soul.” (Gospel Doctrine, 455–56).
Why Do Some Children Die and Others Live?
We do not have all the answers but we know that the Lord knows and arranges beforehand who shall be taken in infancy and who shall remain on earth to undergo whatever tests are needed in their cases” (McConkie, The Salvation of Little Children, p. 6).
The Lord has revealed that He takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth” (Teachings, pp. 196–97).
It is implicit in the whole scheme of things that those of us who have arrived at the years of accountability need the tests and trials to which we are subject and that our problem is to overcome the world and attain that spotless and pure state which little children already possess.
What of the Developmentally-Challenged?
They are considered, effectively, as little children. They never arrive at the years of accountability and are regarded in matters of salvation as though they were little children.
If because they’ve a particular physical deficiency, or for some other reason unknown to us, they never mature in the spiritual or moral sense, then they never become accountable for sins.
They need no baptism; they are alive in Christ; and they will receive, inherit, and possess in eternity on the same basis as do all children. (The Salvation of Little Children, p. 6; Smith, Doctrines of Salvation 2:55–56).
After revealing that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through the atoning sacrifice of Him who died to save us all, and after specifying that Satan has no power to tempt little children until they begin to become accountable, the Lord applied the same principles to those who are developmentally delayed:
And, again, I say unto you, that whoso having knowledge, have I not commanded to repent? And he that hath no understanding, it remaineth in me to do according as it is written (Doctrine & Covenants 29:49–50).
Message of Hope & Joy for Those Who Have Lost Children, Little Ones
So to you, listeners friends, who are now deprived of their little one, thereʼs a great measure of hope to help ease some of your pain.
You can now know that he or she is all right; you can have the deep assurance that your little one has passed away without sin.
Such children are in the safety and love of the Father. They will inherit their glory and you will see them again, and they will not be deprived of the blessings that belong to them. . . . All that could have been obtained and enjoyed by them if they had been permitted to live in the flesh will be provided for them hereafter.
Children will come forth from the grave as children, be raised to maturity by worthy parents, and be entitled to receive all of the ordinances of salvation that eventuate in the everlasting continuation of the family unit (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation 2:54; McConkie, The Salvation of Little Children, 5).
We encourage you to contact us learn more about how you can prepare to be with them through your own life in the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ while you wait for that great day of reunion with Him and your redeemed little ones.
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Living out a great season of my life, thanks to Jesus Christ, and two wonderful daughters, a great life's work. Loving this opportunity to share faith online... I'm a single Mom, convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, second-gen Italian, from the East coast originally. Love the fine arts, dance, frozen yogurt, temples, scriptures, writing, jazz, helping others reach their potential, king salmon, ....and not in that order. God is good. I feel it deeply when people have a misconception of Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ, His Son, that lessens or cheapens Them and blinds one's ability to feel His presence or to trust in an ultimately good eternal end to life's circumstances.